Ships Start Here
Nova Scotia builds the best ships in the world, and the province is ready to build them for generations to come.
Alongside business, community, and government leaders, Premier Darrell Dexter recently announced the Ships Start Here partnership in support of Irving Shipbuilding's bid for the $30-billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.
"Nova Scotia is built to build ships, and there simply is no better place in Canada to build ships," said Premier Dexter. "Winning this bid would equate to hosting the Olympics each year for 30 years. It would be a win for Nova Scotia, and a win for Canada. It is Canada's bid."
The Greater Halifax Partnership released findings recently from two commissioned reports focusing on the economic impact of the shipbuilding procurement strategy. The first study, by the Conference Board of Canada, shows that a successful bid would mean an additional 11,500 jobs during peak production years for Nova Scotians. In addition, GDP would increase by almost $900 million during those years.
The second study by Jupia Consulting shows that shipbuilding in Nova Scotia would drive benefits to all parts of Canada, an advantage that is unique to Nova Scotia's bid. If the province is selected, the Canadian economy is expected to grow by $1.5 billion, and 4,500 jobs will be created outside of Nova Scotia. Read more from a recent press release.
Premier Dexterwill be in Ottawa at the end of May extolling the huge potential of this contract for Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region, meeting with federal cabinet ministers. Other high-profile projects he will be discussing include the Halifax conventions centre and the Lower Churchill energy project.